Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Cross-Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals, 2nd Ed

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Cross-Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals, 2nd Ed

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Cross-Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals, 2nd Ed. Nancy Waxler-Morrison, Joan M. Anderson, Elizabeth Richardson, Natalie A. Chambers (Eds.), Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005; 376 pp., CAD $34.95

As concepts go, culture has had, so far, quite a career in Western thought and practice. In the Waxler-Morrison et al. newly revised edition of Cross-Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals, culture functions, as so often has been the case, as a need. Health professionals, the audience for which this handbook is intended, are provided with a systemized and organized variety of details that should be accounted for so that appropriate health care practices and decisions can be made with respect to specific groups of people who now reside in Canada as members of the multicultural Canadian mosaic. Likewise, this plurality of cultures encountered in Canadian health care need to be taken into consideration if conflicts with the "cultures of medicine" are to be avoided, even ameliorated. The problem of culture abounds in this handbook, and a good deal of the caring involved is directed at these tensions produced by cultural encounters.

The material used to mark the differences of culture that the various groups bring to health care encounters and decisions is standardized and well organized. However, the details chosen as significant offer health care professionals very little to work with if faced with these cultural differences. …

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